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Picture - Justina Machado - Eva Longoria... Las Vegas Nevada United States, Saturday 1st November 2014

Justina Machado - Eva Longoria hosts Padres Contra El Cancer's 14th Annual El Sueno De Esperanza Celebration at Tao Beach inside the Venetian Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 1st November 2014

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Picture - Eva Longoria, Esai Morales and... Las Vegas Nevada United States, Saturday 1st November 2014

Eva Longoria, Esai Morales and Justina Machado - 14th annual El Sueno de Esperanza celebration - Arrivals at TAO Beach - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 1st November 2014

Eva Longoria, Esai Morales and Justina Machado
Eva Longoria, Esai Morales and Justina Machado
Eva Longoria, Esai Morales and Justina Machado
Eva Longoria, Esai Morales and Justina Machado
Eva Longoria, Esai Morales and Justina Machado

Picture - Justina Machado - Stars attended... Pasadena California United States, Saturday 11th October 2014

Justina Machado - Stars attended the 2014 NCLR American Latino Media Arts Awards ceremony at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 11th October 2014

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Picture - Justina Machado - 2014 NCLR... Pasadena California United States, Friday 10th October 2014

Justina Machado - 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards - Arrivals at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Friday 10th October 2014

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The Purge: Anarchy Review


After last year's break-out hit thriller, writer-director James DeMonaco is back with the flip-side of the story, which jettisons the irony and and thematic subtlety in favour of in-your-face brutality. This time the account of a night of lawful violence is told from the opposite perspective, poor people who are targeted by sadistic rich people who are trying to cleanse their souls with a bit of grisly murder.

It's set one year later, in 2023 Los Angeles as the annual 12-hour Purge is about to begin. The idea is to cleanse society of its violent urges, but this has turned into an all-out war between heavily armed militias hired by the wealthy to capture poor people for their own homicidal entertainment. As an underground activist (Michael K. Williams) calls for a grassroots uprising, the waitress Eva (Carmen Ejogo) is just trying to get through the night alive with her teen daughter Cali (Zoe Soul). When they're attacked, an unnamed stranger (Frank Grillo) comes to their rescue, and they're soon joined by a couple (Zach Gilford and Keile Sanchez) whose car picked the wrong time and place to break down. Together, these five attempt to escape pursuit by two vicious gangs: lowlife mercenaries looking for fresh blood to sell to wealthy clients and a high-tech army bent on all-out massacre.

It's deeply contrived that these two gangs are deliberately, tenaciously and seemingly supernaturally pursuing these five people, but DeMonaco never flinches, so the audience just has to go with it. Much of the movie consists of massive nighttime street battles, but there are some more deranged interludes that hold the attention much better. At one point, they take refuge in the downtown home of one of Eva's colleagues (Justina Machado), a drunken party that is clearly spiralling out of control even before they arrived. A little later, they are dragged right into a variation on The Hunger Games. And while four of our heroes are running for their lives, Grillo's character has something more violent in mind: he's seeking revenge against the drunk driver who killed his son.

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Picture - Justina Machado - NUVOtv's Spring... Los Angeles California United States, Wednesday 19th February 2014

Justina Machado - NUVOtv's Spring Launch Premiere Party Powered By Vevo" And "Nu Point Of View" - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 19th February 2014

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The Call Review


After this unusually well-made thriller builds suspense to almost unbearable levels, the filmmakers nearly throw everything away with a gear-change so contrived that we can't help but laugh. It's one of those ill-conceived final acts that seems to have been written by a focus group that wanted to see something "satisfying" on screen even if it violates the integrity of the entire story. Fortunately the cast is good enough to get away with it.

Most of the story takes place in a Los Angeles emergency call centre, where Jordan (Berry) receives a horrific call from a teen girl who's being stalked in her own home. And Jordan blames herself for the violence that follows. Six months later, she has removed herself to a training job, but gets roped in when another teen, Casey (Breslin), calls in panic from the boot of a moving car. This is clearly the same villain (Eklund) as before, and Jordan does everything she can to help Casey both survive and reveal her location. Along the way Jordan's assisted by a passerby (Imperioli) as well as her cop ex-boyfriend (Chestnut).

So far so good, as both Jordan's and Casey's perspectives ratchet up the emotional intensity. The kidnapper is seriously deranged and oddly difficult to track as time runs out. And here's where the film jumps the rail: Jordan takes matters into her own hands, heading out into danger without bothering to call for back-up. This sets up a rather terrifying final showdown that would have been much more involving if we could believe it.

Continue reading: The Call Review

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